Date Event
2015 S.B. 24 “Department of Financial Institutions Amendments” enacted Chapter 25 of Title 7, Money Transmitter Act, codifying the qualifications, requirements, and powers of the Department with regard to the regulation and supervision of Money Transmitters that had previously been enforced through Administrative Rule R331-14, Rule Governing Parties Who Engage in the Business of Issuing and Selling Money Orders, Traveler’s Checks, and Other Instruments for the Purpose of Effecting Third-Party Payments. It also modified Chapter 22, Regulation of Independent Escrow Agents, and Chapter 24, Title Lending Registration Act, requiring escrow agents and title lenders, as well as money transmitters, to use the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) to file their annual registration, notification, and/or licensing application with the Department. Effective May 12, 2015.
2014 H.B. 316 “Financial Institutions Fee Amendments” amended Title 7, Chapter 1, Fees Payable to Commissioner, reducing the annual asset-based fee for all Utah chartered depository institutions. The reduction reinstated the fee schedule that existed prior to the last fee increase in 2006. Each state chartered depository institution, except for the 13 smallest credit unions, had a decrease in the fees they pay to the department. Effective May 13, 2014. S.B. 124 “Financial Institutions and Services Amendments” amended or repealed eight sections of Title 7, Financial Institutions, two sections of Title 70C, Utah Consumer Credit Code, and four sections of Title 70D, Financial Institution Mortgage Financing Regulation Act. Repealed sections in Title 7 addressed redundancies with federal law or conflicts with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Amendments included deleting the (2)(c) category of credit unions in Title 7, Chapter 9, Credit Unions, as none no longer exist; raising the exemption allowed in Title 70C, Chapter 1, Part 2, Scope and Jurisdiction, to the federal level; establishing a single fee for all consumer credit lenders in Title 70C, Chapter 8, Part 2, Notification and Fees; and extending exemption to all federally insured depository institutions in Title 70D, Chapter 2, Part 2, Notification to Commissioner. Effective May 13, 2014.
2013 S.B. 150 “Financial Institutions Amendments” repealed Charter 7, Savings and Loan Associations, of Title 7 and Section 7-1-206, removing the Savings and Loans Associations charter as an option for state-chartered depository institutions and eliminating the position of supervisor of savings and loan associations. It also removed references to savings and loan associations and savings banks throughout Title 7. The bill created the position of supervisor of money services businesses; exempted entities licensed under Title 31A, Insurance Code, from having to register under Chapter 22, Regulation of Independent Escrow Agents; and revised the registration requirements under Chapter 23, Check Cashing and Deferred Deposit Lending Registration Act. Effective May 14, 2013, except for the registration requirements under Chapter 23 (effective July 1, 2013).
2012 H.B. 459 “Amendments to Deferred Deposit Lending” modified Title 7, Chapter 23, Check Cashing and Deferred Deposit Lending Registration Act, increasing the information Deferred Deposit Lenders are required to submit on their annual operation statement, voiding credit extended by a Deferred Deposit Lender who is not properly registered under this chapter, and requiring certain information regarding written complaints be included in the Department’s annual report. Effective May 9, 2012. S.B. 108 “Financial Institutions Amendments” amended Title 7, Chapter 3, Banks, and Chapter 8, Industrial Banks, including credit exposure to derivative transactions in the limitations on loans and extensions of credit. The Commissioner may, by Administrative Rule, define the terms “derivative” and “credit exposure to a derivative transaction” and exempt certain classes of derivatives and credit exposure. Effective May 9, 2012.
2010 H.B. 15 “Deferred Deposit Lending Amendments” modified Title 7, Chapter 23, Check Cashing and Deferred Deposit Lending Registration Act, increasing the information required to be submitted in the annual operation statement, reducing the permissible length for rollovers from 12 weeks to 10 weeks, imposing restrictions related to communications at a borrower’s place of employment, and providing for an extended payment plan option. Effective May 11, 2010.
2009 H.B. 286 “Regulation of Lending by the Department of Financial Institutions” amended Titles 70C, Utah Consumer Credit Code, and 70D, Mortgage Financing Regulation, to comply with the SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act passed by Congress in July, 2008.  The SAFE Act requires mortgage loan originators to be licensed.   States must bring their laws into compliance or risk federal intervention and control. Effective May 12, 2009.S.B. 140 “Financial Institutions Disclosure of Records” amended Title 7, Chapter 1, Financial Information Privacy, allowing a depository institution to disclose account information to law enforcement if written authorization is obtained from all account holders.  Effective May 12, 2009.
2008 S.B. 83 “Check Cashing and Deferred Deposit Lending Registration Act” amended Chapter 23 of Title 7, renaming the chapter by adding “Deferred Deposit Lending” to the title and prohibiting Deferred Deposit Lenders from extending a new loan on the same business day a payment is made if the current loan is at least 12 weeks old.  Also, Deferred Deposit Lenders now need to provide additional statistical information from the preceding calendar year when they renew their registration. This information will then be reported in aggregate in the Commissioner’s annual report to the Governor and Legislature. Effective May 5, 2008.S.B. 171 “Repeal of Certain Reporting by Financial Institutions” amended Title 76, removing the requirement for depository institutions to file SARS with the State Bureau of Investigation. Some Federally-chartered depository institutions had not been filing SARS with SBI because of federal preemption. This bill removed the requirement from all depository institutions. Effective May 5, 2008. S.B. 296 “Financial Institutions Amendments” amended Chapter 9 of Title 7, by raising the lending limit from 1 percent to 4 percent, repealing the six-month member requirement for Member Business Loans, and adjusting the Member Business Loan limit annually by following the Consumer Price Index. Effective May 5, 2008.
2007 S.B. 144 “Financial Institutions Amendments” amended various sections of Title 7, including changing the definition of control to the current federal level of 10 percent, lowering application fees for institutions of less than $5 million in total assets, clarifying that banks must be formed as a corporation or a limited liability company, and prohibiting the conversion to a series limited liability company. Effective April 30, 2007.S.B. 16 “Lending Registration Acts Amendments” amended Chapters 23 and 24 of Title 7, imposing a fine on lenders who register late, requiring additional disclosures regarding a consumer’s statutory right to make partial payments and to rescind a contract, requiring a consumer’s request for a rollover during the period allowed by law, and changing examination cycles from a calendar year to annually. The department is now allowed to impose an administrative fine up to $1,000 for violations cited. Effective April 30, 2007.
2006 S.B. 116 “Department of Financial Institutions’ Fees” amended Title 7, Chapter 1, Article 4, increasing the annual assessment, registration, application, and examination fees financial institutions pay to the commissioner. Consumer lenders, mortgage loan servicers, thrid-party payment providers, and the smallest (Continued) credit union are the only entities who did not have an increase in the fees they pay to the department. Effective May 1, 2006.S.B. 123 “Utah Consumer Credit Code Amendments” amended two provisions in Title 70C, Utah Consumer Credit Code. The first amendment exempted non-federal guaranteed student loans from the code. The second amendment modified the requirement to issue a notice of a change of terms for open-end contracts from 30 days to 15 days. Effective May 1, 2006. S.B. 162 “Department of Financial Institutions Enforcement of Applicable Law” modified Title 7, Financial Institutions Act, Title 70C, Utah Consumer Credit Code, and Title 70D, Mortgage Lending and Servicing Act to make a violation of applicable federal law a violation of the Financial Institutions Act and provided for enforcement by the Department. Effective May 1, 2006. S.B. 252 “Consumer Credit Code Amendments” amended Title 70C, Utah Consumer Credit Code imposing requirements on the waiver of class action rights related to closed-end consumer contracts and open-end consumer credit contracts. It also modified provisions of Title 70C relating to changes in open-end consumer credit contracts. Effective March 15, 2006.
2005 S.B. 157 “Utah Consumer Credit Code Amendments” modified the Consumer Credit Code to allow state-chartered depository institutions to offer second mortgage loans with or without a prepayment penalty. It also clarified when a delinquency charge on closed-end loans could be assessed and deleted language related to minimum charges on open-end accounts. Effective March 16, 2005.S.B. 158 “Dishonored Instrument Amendments” amended Title 7, Chapter 15, Dishonored Instruments, to clarify that depository institutions are exempt from the provisions of this section, even if they purchase loan contracts from another depository institution. Effective March 16, 2005.
2004 H.B. 192 “Repeal of Thrifts Settlement Financing” repealed Title 7, Chapter 21, Thrifts Settlement Financing. Enacted in 1988, the chapter was part of a compromise and settlement reached with depositors who had money in the thrifts, and with certain thrift institutions, affected by the failure of the Industrial Loan Guaranty Corporation (ILGC). All claims arising with respect to the failure of the ILGC have been closed. As a result, the chapter was repealed. Effective May 3, 2004. S.B. 47 “Uniform Trust Code” modified the Utah Probate Code (Title 75) to provide for the administration of trusts in concert with other states adopting the uniform law. and amended Title 7, Chapter 5, Trust Business, to preserve the trust benefits enacted in 2003 (see H. B. 299 from the 2003 session above). Effective July 1, 2004. S.B. 176 “Financial Institutions Amendments” amended various sections of Title 7 including changing the title of Chapter 8, from Industrial Loan Corporations to Industrial Banks, and authorizing all industrial banks and those commercial and savings banks that are Sub S corporations to convert to Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). This change may only occur once the IRS approves depository institutions eligible for an LLC tax status designation. The drafting of this bill required changing an “Industrial Loan Corporation” to an “Industrial Loan Company” everywhere it occurred in the Code. DFI took the opportunity to recommend these institutions be “Industrial Banks” instead of “Industrial Loan Companies.” Effective March 17, 2004.
2003 H.B. 162 “Amendments Related to Financial Institutions” established a two-year legislative task force to study issues related to credit unions and other financial institutions and to make recommendations that would be acted upon by the 2005 General Session of the Legislature. Title 7, Chapter 7, Savings and Loan Associations, was amended to clarify the voting requirements of Mutual Associations, and Title 7, Chapter 9, Credit Unions, was amended to define “nonexempt credit unions” and to establish restrictions and limitations for financial institutions becoming nonexempt credit unions. Effective May 5, 2003.H.B. 189 “Lending Law Amendments” enacted Title 7, Chapter 24, Title Lending Registration Act, requiring registration and regulation to companies the provide loans secured by the title to a motor vehicle, mobile home, or motorboat, excluding purchase money loans and loans extended by a depository institution. It also amended Title 7, Chapter 23, Check Cashing Registration Act to enact provisions governing the electronic disbursement and collection of deferred deposit loans. Effective May 5, 2003. H.B. 299 “Trust Law Amendments” amended the Revenue and Tax Code (Title 59) and the Utah Probate Code (Title 75), repealing the tax on accrued income in future irrevocable trusts, modifying the statutory rule against perpetuities, and providing protection for certain trust assets. These amendments put Utah on par with other states as a preferred place to organize trusts and trust companies. Certain tax-related provisions are effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2004. All other provisions take effect on December 31, 2003. S.B. 130 “Regulation of Check Cashers” amended Title 7, Chapter 23, Check Cashing Registration Act, allowing borrowers to rescind deferred deposit loans by the next business day and to make partial payments in increments of at least $5, requiring certain provisions on loans extended through the Internet, and requiring lenders to make additional disclosures. Effective May 5, 2003. S.B. 157 “Regulation of Credit Union Service Organizations and Other Credit Union Related Entities” modified Title 7, Chapter 9, Credit Unions, addressing the authority and jurisdiction of the Department in regulating the formation and activities of a credit union service organization. It also restricts the use of entities other than credit union service organizations or loan production offices to provide services to credit union members and provided for some limited grandfathering. Effective May 5, 2003. S.B. 177 “Regulation of Debt Cancellation Agreements and Debt Suspension Agreements” enacted Section 324 to Article 3, Powers and Duties of Commissioner of Financial Institutions, Chapter 1, General Provisions, of Title 7, authorizing the Commissioner to adopt by rule guidelines governing the issuance and regulation of debt cancellation agreements and debt suspension agreements by any depository institution subject to the jurisdiction of the Department. Any rule adopted by the Commissioner, as applied to a particular class of depository institution, shall be substantially similar to any federal regulation applying to the same class of depository institution. Effective May 5, 2003.
2001 2001 S.B. 44 “Fees Payable to the Commissioner of Financial Institutions” amended Title 7 Chapter 1, Fees Payable to Commissioner, reducing the annual asset-based fee for all Utah chartered depository institutions. The fee reduction is most evident for institutions with total assets exceeding $600 million as the rate was reduced from 4 cents to 2 cents per thousand for total assets exceeding $600 million. The amendment provides for quarterly averaging of total assets which will benefit institutions that are growing when compared to using a single year-end total. Effective April 30, 2001H.B. 263 “Interstate Branching of Depository Institution” amended Title 7 Chapter 1, Interstate Branching, allowing an out-of-state depository institution to establish a de novo branch in Utah if its home state permits a Utah state chartered depository institution to establish a de novo branch in that state under substantially the same terms and conditions. Effective April 30, 2001
2000 S.B. 222 “Financial Institutions Amendments” amended various sections of Title 7 including clarifying definitions and references to Administrative Rules, addressing the department’s sharing of information with other state agencies, per diem assessments for examinations, stay of proceedings against institutions, and days on which depository institutions are closed. It also created a bank advisory board and clarified the duties of a credit union supervisory committee. Effective May 1, 2000
1999 H.B. 42 “Trade and Business Name Amendments” amended Title 16, Corporations, eliminating requirement that the names of depository institutions include “corporation, incorporated, company, corp., inc., or co.” Effective May 3, 1999.H.B. 86 “Check Abuse Amendments” amended Title 7, Chapter 15, Dishonored Instruments, penalizing those who write and refuse to promptly cover bad checks. Effective May 3, 1999. H.B. 194 “Consumer Credit Issues” amended Title 70C, Consumer Credit Code, clarifying the department’s ability to commence administrative or judicial proceedings on its own initiative and requiring the department to report to the legislature on consumer education efforts on a biennial basis. Effective May 3, 1999. S.B. 57 “Regulation of Check Cashing” enacted Title 7, Chapter 23, Check Cashing Registration Act, requiring registration and regulation of companies that provide check cashing or deferred deposit loan (payday loan) services, or both. Effective May 3, 1999. S.B. 113 “Financial Services Amendments” amended Title 7, Chapter 15, Dishonored Instruments, exempting depository institutions (as holders of a dishonored instrument) from service charge provisions as long as the loan contract specifically provides for services charges. Also amended Title 70C, Consumer Credit Code, allowing depository institutions to contract for a delinquency charge in excess of the limits set in law. Effective May 3, 1999. S.B. 136 “Uniform Consumer Credit Code Amendments” amended Title 70C, Consumer Credit Code, countering common law that declares as void liquidated damages that are punitive and clarifying what constitutes changes in open-end credit contracts while also requiring 30 days notice before a change in terms of open-end consumer contracts become effective. Effective May 3, 1999. S.B. 237 “Utah Credit Union Act Amendments” amended Title 7, Chapter 9, Credit Unions, limiting credit union fields of membership as well as establishing member-business loan limitations. Effective May 3, 1999.
1998 H.B. 235 “Consumer Credit Code Amendments” amended Title 70C, Utah Consumer Credit Code, eliminating the ten day payment grace period on open-end consumer credit agreements and increasing the allowable delinquency charge to $30. Effective May 4, 1998.H.B. 427 “Depository Institutions Insurance Powers” amended Title 7, Financial Institutions, by authorizing state-chartered financial institutions to engage in insurance business provided they comply with Title 31A, Insurance Code. Effective May 4, 1998.
1997 H.B. 5 “Automated Teller Machine Amendments” repealed “Consumer Funds Transfer Facilities Act” and enacted the “Automated Teller Machine Act”. Effective July 1, 1997.H.B. 26 “Depository Institution Name Amendments” allowed federally insured Utah-chartered industrial loan corporations to use the terms “bank” or “savings bank” in their names. Effective February 26, 1997. S.B. 100 “Financial Institution Amendments” amended various provisions of Title 7 including authorizing the Commissioner of Financial Institutions to issue de novo industrial loan corporation charters. Provision authorizing de novo industrial loan corporation charters effective March 12, 1997. The balance of the provisions effective July 1, 1997.
1996 S.B. 69 “Foreign Depository Institutions Act” enacted law regulating foreign chartered depository institutions participating in Utah’s financial markets. Effective July 1, 1996.S.B. 90 “Depository Institutions Amendments” amended various provisions of Title 7 in response to concerns identified by independent escrow agents, banks, credit unions, industrial loan corporations, and savings and loan associations. Effective July 1, 1996.
1995 S.B. 70 “Financial Institutions Amendments” modified Utah law regarding interstate banking and branching in response to the federal Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994. Effective June 1, 1995.
1994 S.B. 171 “Financial Institutions Amendments” updated Utah laws governing financial institutions to reflect changes in the industry. Effective July 1, 1994.
1991 S.B. 154 including “Regulation of Independent Escrow Agents”, Chapter 22 of Title 7, required all escrow agents to register with the Department annually. The first registration required July 1, 1991. Effective July 1, 1991.
1990 S.B. 37 “Mortgage Lending and Servicing Act” required all mortgage lenders, brokers and servicers to register with the Department. The first registration required January 31, 1991. Effective April 24, 1990.
1986 H.B. 189 “Banking Reform Act of 1986” required all industrial loan corporations to obtain federal deposit insurance, phased out existing regional reciprocity, opened state to nonreciprocal interstate banking after December 31, 1987 and immediately for failing institutions. Effective January 21, 1986.
1985 S.B. 262 Prohibited “nonbank banks”. Also addressed administrative matters. Effective April 29, 1985. H.B. 245 Repealed Title 70B and enacted Title 70C revising Uniform Consumer Credit Code. Effective July 1, 1985.
1984 S.B. 9 Authorized regional reciprocity and supervisory acquisitions within region without reciprocity. Also extended Department’s authority over holding companies. Effective April 15, 1984.
1983 S.B. 238 Depositors given priority over other creditors. New supervisory powers granted Commissioner permitting remedies short of possession. Effective March 18, 1983.
1981 S.B. 134 Recodified Utah laws governing financial institutions. Effective July 1, 1981.
1975 Utah Industrial Loan Guaranty Act.
1969 Utah Uniform Consumer Credit code enacted.
1967 Bank Department renamed State Department of Financial Institutions.
1913 Banking Department created.
1911 Office of Bank Commission established.
1907 Office of Bank Examiner created.
1896-1907 State chartered banks supervised by Secretary of State.